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High School Baseball:
The Long Ball Helps Sterling Shutout Woodbury

Monday, April 15, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

Starting pitcher Andy Meyers for Sterling didn't have to wait long to see his team give him an early lead against Woodbury. Mike Reagle blasted a two run homer in the second inning and Dave Cogan drilled a pitch over the left field fence in the third to allow Meyers to breeze through the Thundering Herd lineup. The Silver Knights relief pitching preserved the 10-0 victory at Woodbury High School.

This was a day when most didn't get a chance to enjoy the pleasant weather we were having because of the tax deadline at midnight. Once these two teams took the field, the worries from Uncle Sam were far from their minds. On this day, Sterling would get early returns in this game as they only needed one hit in the second inning to take lead.

Andy Meyers reached on base on a fielder's choice when his grounder to the shortstop force out leadoff batter Dave Cogan at second base. Designated hitter Mike Reagle saw the first pitch he liked and put Sterling up 2-0 on his homerun to right field off Woodbury's Matt Marine. In the third inning when Nick Lentine and Adriano Petrutz reached base with two outs, Dave Cogan drilled a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to boost Sterling's lead by three more runs.

Meyers gave up only three hits through five innings and only walked one batter when he was relieved in the 6th inning by Adriano Petrutz and Chris Lennox in the bottom of the seventh. Both kept the Woodbury players off the scoreboard. Sterling sent ten batters to the plate in the top of the seventh and scored 5 more runs. Joe Pipitone's triple and pinch-hitter John Houston's single each scored one run each. Reagle's two run single gave him his fourth RBI of the game.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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